The book cover as an artistic statement and a cultural phenomenon : a Canadian example

Title: The book cover as an artistic statement and a cultural phenomenon : a Canadian example
Variant title:
  • La couverture de livre comme déclaration artistique et phénomène culturel : un exemple canadien
Author: Tutek, Nikola
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2018, vol. 12-13, iss. [1], pp. 51-62
  • ISSN
    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
Type: Article
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This paper deals with some basic features of postmodernist book cover designs, the application of the theory of multimodality in book cover design analyses, and, most importantly, the cultural aspect of creation and interpretation of book cover designs. My research and respective results are exemplified by short analyses of cover designs of three collections of short fiction by Alice Munro, which feature the artwork of the Canadian painter Mary Pratt. The focus of analyses is on the interrelations between the artistic and cultural features of both images and texts, and how these interrelations help in establishing the notion of Canadianness.
Cet article traite de quelques caractéristiques de base des couvertures de livres postmodernistes, de l'application de la théorie de la multimodalité dans les analyses de conception de couvertures de livres et, surtout, de l'aspect culturel de la création et de l'interprétation des couvertures. Mes recherches et résultats respectifs sont illustrés par de brèves analyses de couvertures de trois collections de court métrage d'Alice Munro, qui présentent l'oeuvre de la peintre canadienne Mary Pratt. Les analyses portent sur les interrelations entre les caractéristiques artistiques et culturelles des images et des textes, et sur la façon dont ces interrelations aident à établir la notion de canadianité.
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